I am linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy, 4th grade for the December version of Currently.
I really struggled answering the last one...Random Acts of Kindness. I have had a tough day today... I found out that one of my sweet 8th graders lost his father today. And if that wasn't bad enough, today is also my student's birthday. I wish I could DO something - a random act of kindness, in a way. I want to attend his father's funeral, even though I've never met him and I want to find a way to honor and celebrate his father's life, but I am seriously at a loss...I don't know what to do. I've always thought that if I taught an English class, I could be more of a touchy, feely, emotional type of teacher. But being a science teacher, we don't often get to see that side of our students - their emotions and inner thoughts. We look at evidence, collect data, and focus on the things that are observable in this world. It's tough to find a place to fit in faith and feelings to the mix.
I spent several hours today online, looking for ideas to use in the classroom when dealing with a loss, but it simply boils down to this - NO child should have to bear the burden of losing a parent at such an early age. They aren't prepared and the emotions are confusing. While it can be a good thing for the student to have the routine of school and the stable environment, I, as the teacher, don't know how much or how little attention to give to the situation. My heart just aches... Please say a little prayer to bring my student healing and sweet remembrances of his father.
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